Barring any unforeseen calamity, the Philadelphia Eagles will start Nick Foles this week against the Oakland Raiders. Michael Vick has already been ruled out for this week’s game due to a significant hamstring injury that he further aggravated last week, and it would be an utter shock for the Eagles to turn to Matt Barkley for the start. He clearly isn’t ready yet, and it showed on Sunday. He looked absolutely awful out there with another pick to add to a season total of four, and Barkley also seemed to show more velocity issues. The Eagles can’t afford to throw him into the fire again, and they shouldn’t have to either.
That’s because the Eagles have now cleared Nick Foles from the concussion he suffered in Week 7 against the Dallas Cowboys. Foles was absolutely horrific in that game, though he did look good in the two games before that. The second-year signal-caller is clearly more qualified to start over Barkley, and the Eagles will hope that he can have a big game against the Raiders secondary.
Michael Vick gives the Eagles the best chance to win week-in and week-out, but it’s clear that he was forced to come back too soon from the hamstring injury due to Foles’s injury. Vick is operating at well below 100%, so it’s no surprise to see that he has already been ruled out. Hopefully Foles can give the Eagles something on offense, but it seems like you never know what to expect from him.